Below is information about upcoming activities and opportunities sponsored by a variety of groups on campus. If you have questions about this information, you can follow up with those entities using the links below.

The Department of Education grant-funded UCF Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (MAAPS) project is entering its third year and looking to recruit faculty mentors to work with our students. MAAPS is a grant-funded program in partnership with the University Innovation Alliance. The program works to provide wrap-around services and high-impact practices to first-generation students. Our students represent various UCF majors and would benefit from the opportunity to connect with faculty, in their majors, who were themselves first-generation students. We anticipate this time commitment to be no more than an hour or two per week. Faculty who are interested, or have any questions, can email Jason Dodge (Jason.dodge@ucf.edu) for more information.

Straight Talk: Am I Ready?
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Teaching Academy, Room 130
Are you considering applying for promotion to associate professor or professor during the 2019-2020 cycle?  If so, please join Dr. Jana L. Jasinski, Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence, for an informal discussion about the path to professor. Bring your questions and concerns, and participate in a candid dialogue with your colleagues. https://events.ucf.edu/event/948335/straight-talk-am-i-ready/

Women Faculty Yoga
Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018, 12:30pm – 1:15pm, Arboretum Park– Would you like to de-stress and, at the same time, meet some of your amazing colleagues from across campus? 
Join us for a FREE yoga class for Women Faculty.  Spots will be filled first-come, first-served.  To reserve your spot, please contact Faculty Excellence at facultyexcellence@ucf.edu.  Please bring your own yoga mat, bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing that will allow full range of motion. https://events.ucf.edu/event/951431/women-faculty-yoga/

Faculty Farm-to-Table Cooking Class
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Meet at Arboretum
Hosted by the UCF Arboretum, join us for lunch and a cooking class as we share a delicious and healthy culinary journey to the Caribbean. Eat what you cook, and take leftovers for later. You can come early to harvest ingredients straight from the community garden. You’ll meet other faculty and learn how to fit healthy foods into your busy lifestyle.
Arboretum Harvest: 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cooking Class: 12 to 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person. To register, email facultyexcellence@ucf.edu.

Private Faculty Tour: UCF Art Gallery
Friday, October 26, 2018 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Join us for a faculty only private tour of the current exhibition in the UCF Art Gallery. Shannon Lindsey, Art Gallery Director, will lead the tour of Time Stretch by Erin Elizabeth and Harry Sidebotham.
Art Gallery is in the Visual Arts Building, first floor https://events.ucf.edu/event/787100/private-faculty-tour-ucf-art-gallery/

Faculty Family Movie Night
Friday, November 2, 2018, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Arboretum
Faculty Excellence is excited to host Faculty Family Movie Night!
Bring your family and join us for a night of fun under the stars! We'll be showing Brother Bear and serving up cheese pizza. You are welcome to bring your own chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the movie.
Admission is free. Suggested parking for attendees in Lot C2 and Parking Garage C. https://events.ucf.edu/event/793212/faculty-family-movie-night/

Open Access journals are becoming increasingly popular venues for publishing scholarly research. Yet, there are many challenges and misconceptions often associated with this publishing model. If you’ve ever wondered about Open Access publishing, this session is for you. Join Scholarly Communication Librarian, Sarah Norris, in a discussion about publishing in Open Access journals. We will examine publishing basics and explore challenging topics like journal quality, predatory publishing, and funding.

The workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on October 24th in CB1-205.

LOCATION: Center for Emerging Media, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, United States, March 28-30, 2019
PRESENTED BY: The Center for Humanities and Digital Research, The Nicholson School of Communications and Media, and The Texts and Technology Doctoral Program at the University of Central Florida
SPONSORED BY: UCF Office of Research and Commercialization, UCF College of Graduate Studies, and The Texts and Technology Doctoral Program at the University of Central Florida

Overview: This conference aims to bring together scholars and filmmakers to address how moving images depict the relationship between place and human migration. We define migration in the broadest terms as any movement of peoples, including migration within nations or across national boundaries. We define place in the broadest terms, including air, land, and sea, and the built environment. Any screen experience relating to the interaction between migration and place is of interest — cinema, television, government and industry promotional films, training films, anthropological films, tourist experience videos, cell phone videos, home movies and non-professional videos, digital media, games, video installations, and other moving image technologies and genres.

Purpose: To address the depiction of the migrant experience in varieties of moving images. It includes but is not limited to: topics relating to the moving images of migrants’ places of origin, their journeys, and the new locations in which they settle. We seek to relate these topics to two key components: the material lives and cultural identities of migrants as contrasted to the material lives and cultural identities of host societies, and the depiction of migration throughout the history of the moving image.

Objective: To continue an ongoing dialogue about how migrants and host societies perceive their environments and identities through the lenses of media and popular culture.

Conference website: http://flickeringlandsc.cah.ucf.edu
Submission link: https://easychair.org/cfp/FL2019
Deadline for abstract submissions: November 1, 2018
Contact email: bmauer@ucf.edu

Supported by QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) funding, High-Impact Practice (HIP) peer student coaches are faculty-recruited undergraduate or graduate students who can help you implement high-impact practices into your courses. HIP coaches work with faculty to facilitate research-intensive, service-learning, integrative experience and study abroad in your undergraduate classes. Student coaches receive a $300 scholarship with the expectation of participating in training, then contribute about approximately 30 hours to HIP efforts in undergraduate courses. Applications are due Nov. 1 at https://dtl.ucf.edu/faculty/high-impact-practices/resources/; contact Linda Walters or Kim Schneider for more information.

Student Health Services has automated the process for verifying student visits. Below is the new procedure for student health visit verifications.

  1. A link will be available on the homepage of Student Health Services (SHS) website (https://studenthealth.ucf.edu) to allow students to request a verification online by providing the day and time of visit, and the email address(es) of the faculty requiring the verification of the visit. The link is also available under "forms" (https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6J4U5B0J5kzZ1oV). This request may include professor(s), work supervisor(s), and / or parking services.
  2. Once the request has been submitted online, a SHS staff member will verify the visit time and day and generate an email to all requested parties.
  3. In the message you receive, click on the green “View Encrypted Message” button.
  4. Complete the required information. This is required to ensure the appropriate person is receiving the email since it contains protected health information!
  5. Click the green “Continue” button to receive an automated confirmation containing the student’s name and appointment time.

Note: Only in very rare situations will a clinical provider be writing a verification and, when done, it will be written on the provider’s prescription pad. 

If a student misses a class and you need verification from SHS, please direct the student to the Student Health Services website. If you have any questions, please contact Student Health Services.

The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each month. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on the last Wednesday of the month for inclusion on the following Sunday. Please verify that all links are correct before submitting. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Announcements will run for one month, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to fctl@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

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